Before now we were never all that fussed about the Kindle from Amazon, this was probably because it just seemed like a vehicle for the world’s largest bookstore to sell more books but in electronic form. However, all that changed when Amazon launched to Kindle Fire HD this is not just an eReader, the Kindle Fire HD is a tablet in its own right and with a wireless connection offers access to the internet. Therefore, it is not just for reading, the users can check out the news, surf around and even play online poker if they want to on this Kindle.
The Kindle Fire HD has a small seven inch, 10 point capacitive touch high definition colour display; with a 1280 x 800 of pixel resolutions. Other display features include a video playback at 720p with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, advanced polarising filter, Gorilla Glass, and anti-glare technology. There is no setup required, no software to install and no computer connection is required to download content to the 16 GB or 32 GB internal memory. To connect to the internet there is Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO). Other features include the USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a computer for charging, a micro HDMI (micro-D connector) port, 3.5 mm stereo jack and there are integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine.
As for the size, this tablet measures 193 mm (W) x 137 mm (D) x 10.3 mm (H) and it weighs in at 395 grams with the battery already in place that will fully charge in under four hours and offers over eleven hours of reading time on a single charge according to Amazon’s write up. We tested this by going online checking out a popular gaming and poker site just to see how good it was, to fair the Kindle Fire HD handled the graphics quite well and therefore we are impressed with the Kindle Fire HD. It is not going to be anything like a high end tablet, but then again we did not really expect to be in that league.
What the Kindle Fire HD offers is the next level in eReader technology, it comes with the ability to access email accounts and surf the internet whenever there is a good wireless connection available. The only downside that we found was how long it takes to start up, but other than that the case, screen and indeed the whole device is worth the £160 that Amazon are currently asking for it.